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Noah's Ark (1928)

Not Rated | | Drama, War | 23 August 1929 (Ireland)
The Biblical story of Noah and the Great Flood, with a parallel story of soldiers in the First World War.

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(story) (as Darryl Francis Zanuck), (adaptation) (as Anthony Coldewey) | 1 more credit »
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Marie / Miriam
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Travis / Japheth
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Nickoloff / King Nephilim
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Hilda / Tavern Maid
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Al / Ham (as Gwynn Williams)
Paul McAllister ...
Minister / Noah
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Dancer / Slave Girl
Anders Randolf ...
The German / Leader of Soldiers
Armand Kaliz ...
The Frenchman / Leader of the King's Guard
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Innkeeper / Guard
Malcolm Waite ...
The Balkan / Shem
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Soldier / High Priest
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Slave Broker
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Investor with Gun / Trader
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Storyline

After a short split prologue showing riches as the root of evil in ancient and modern times, the film settles into 1914 France, where the Orient Express is about to be wrecked when a bridge washes out. Among those on board are Al and Travis, Americans who are traveling Europe spending Travis' money, and Marie, a German girl. The boys save Marie after the wreck and Travis falls in love with her. When World War I breaks out Al wants to enlist, but Travis can't, feeling loyal to Marie, a German. By 1917 Al has enlisted, and Travis follows him shortly after marrying Marie. Accused of being a German spy by a Russian agent, she is sentenced to die but is recognized by Travis, who is part of the firing squad. The town they are in is shelled and they are all trapped underground, during which a minister makes a lengthy parallel to ancient times when the King of Akkad persecuted his subjects and defied Jehovah, who finally sends a flood to wipe out mankind, except for Noah and his family, whom ... Written by Ron Kerrigan <,mvg@whidbey.com>

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Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

23 August 1929 (Ireland)  »

Also Known As:

A Arca de Noé  »

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Budget:

$1,005,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

| (re-release) (1957) | (1990s restoration)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Apparatus) (talking sequences, musical score and sound effects)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

One of the extras who survived the flood scene was John Wayne. See more »

Quotes

Al: This war is more than just a fight. It's more like a funeral. And everybody ought to be in the procession or the hearse.
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Music by Irwin Dash and Jimmy McHugh
Lyrics by Al Dubin and Irving Mills
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Extraordinary epic silent (part-talkie) -very very impressive

Michael Curtiz' direction is of such exceptional calibre that one is completely absorbed into the parallel stories from the first to last frame. Everything about this late silent (it is a part talkie with two talking sequences mid way through)is exceptional- the sets, the editing, the special effects, the writing, the earnest performances from all in the cast (especially Dolores Costello). Why it is not hailed along with other anti-war classics of the silent screen (FOUR HORSEMEN OF THE APOCALYPSE, BIG PARADE, WINGS) is difficult to understand. I viewed the restored print of 100 minutes that was a joint effort of a number of archives, domestic and foreign, and played on TCM. (It originally premiered at 135 minutes and a shorter 75 minute version was re-released in the 1970s). For anyone who loves silent film, epics, or just plain exceptional film making, this is a must-see.


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